About Us

The BioBridge Global family of nonprofits includes the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, QualTex Laboratories, GenCure and The Blood & Tissue Center Foundation. For more than 45 years, we have worked with the healthcare community to provide lifesaving therapies to patients and to support advances in regenerative medicine. 

 

South Texas Blood & Tissue Center supplies blood components to more than 100 hospitals in South Texas and supports tissue, bone marrow/stem cell and umbilical cord blood donations.

 

QualTex Laboratories screens millions of blood and plasma donations every year and provides other biological testing for national and international biomedical customers. 

 

GenCure offers biomanufacturing services and supports research and development in the field of advanced therapies.

 

The Blood & Tissue Center Foundation raises awareness and funds to support the lifesaving activities of BioBridge Global.

Our Mission:

To save and enhance lives through the healing power of human cells and tissue.

About Us

The BioBridge Global family of nonprofits includes the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, QualTex Laboratories, GenCure and The Blood & Tissue Center Foundation. For more than 45 years, we have worked with the healthcare community to provide lifesaving therapies to patients and to support advances in regenerative medicine. 

 

South Texas Blood & Tissue Center supplies blood components to more than 100 hospitals in South Texas and supports tissue, bone marrow/stem cell and umbilical cord blood donations.

 

QualTex Laboratories screens millions of blood and plasma donations every year and provides other biological testing for national and international biomedical customers. 

 

GenCure offers biomanufacturing services and supports research and development in the field of advanced therapies.

 

The Blood & Tissue Center Foundation raises awareness and funds to support the lifesaving activities of BioBridge Global.

Our Mission:

To save and enhance lives through the healing power of human cells and tissue.

Concern for local patients in the 1970s helped launch the organization that would become BioBridge Global.

BioBridge Global History

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Members of the Bexar County Medical Society, led by Dr. Robert Gossett, decide San Antonio should have a locally based blood bank, one that could respond more quickly to patient needs.
The South Texas Regional Blood Bank opens its doors in a small facility in downtown San Antonio.
With the donation of a new motor home adapted for blood donations, the blood bank begins welcoming donors at local shopping centers.
The South Texas Regional Blood Bank moves into a larger building on San Pedro Avenue and names it in honor of Gossett.
Dr. Norman Kalmin joins the blood bank as Medical Director. He will go on to serve the organization for 31 years as Medical Director, Chief Executive Officer, and President/CEO of QualTex Laboratories.
The center purchases the historic YWCA building in downtown San Antonio and, following renovations, moves there in 1984.
The South Texas Regional Blood bank joins the National Marrow Donor Program registry program and begins collecting umbilical cord blood.
The blood bank moves into its current facility on Interstate 10 West and changes its name to the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center to reflect its newly expanded mission into posthumous tissue collection.
STBTC becomes the first North American blood and tissue center to achieve ISO 9000 certification.
The Blood & Tissue Center Foundation is formed to provide financial support to the blood bank’s expanding programs.
The Texas Cord Blood Bank, authorized and funded by the Texas Legislature, opens as a registry and depository for umbilical cord blood donations, which began in 1998.
QualTex Laboratories is formed to handle testing of blood and plasma donations in San Antonio, Texas.
The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center opens the Donor Pavilion as a new location for blood donors and the center’s staff.
The center becomes an official peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) collection center to help streamline the search service for patients and donors.
GenCure is formed to support regenerative medicine and cellular therapies.
QualTex launches a facility in Norcross, Georgia, to serve testing customers in the South and East Coast.
BioBridge Global is created to serve as the parent organization for the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, QualTex Laboratories, GenCure and The Blood & Tissue Center Foundation.
The blood center welcomes its 1 millionth donor.
GenCure’s biomanufacturing facility opens, offering large-scale expansion of adult stem cells and expertise to regenerative medicine researchers around the world. QualTex expands into testing services for adult stem cells.

Meet Valentina

Valentina is alive and happy today because of multiple donors. Diagnosed with a rare blood disorder as a baby, she needed numerous transfusions to battle her condition – then a cord blood transplant to beat it.
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